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Collection Development Guide: Physical Therapy: Collection Development Policy

Librarian's Guide for Selecting Physical Therapy Materials

Program

The Department of Physical Therapy offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) with a major in physical therapy. The degree length may vary but is designed for completion in three years with 99 academic hours. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. Graduates are eligible to take the licensure examination upon completion of the degree.

Physical therapy is defined as the care and services provided by or under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Physical therapists provide services to patients/clients who have impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease or other causes. They interact and practice in collaboration with a variety of professionals – physicians, dentists, nurses, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologist, audiologist and other personnel involved with the patient/client. Physical therapists provide prevention and promote health, wellness and fitness. In addition they provide consultative services to health facilities, colleagues, business, and community organizations and agencies. Physical therapists provide health care to their patients/clients in a wide variety of settings, including, but not limited to, physical therapy office practices, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, homes, long term care settings, schools, industrial settings, and athletic/fitness centers.

Physical therapist education is built on the knowledge and skills characteristically attributed to completion of a baccalaureate degree – general education that provides students with broad exposure to the humanities, arts, basic science and social science; requirements that provide students with the opportunity to delve into a discipline at some depth; and electives that provide students with the opportunity to explore other interests. Additionally, admission to physical therapist education programs typically requires students to have completed a set of prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, psychology, and human anatomy and physiology.

Selection Criteria

Collection efforts will concentrate on, but are not limited to the following:

  • Anatomy & physiology of body systems
  • Professional issues
  • Evidence-bases practice
    • Formulating clinical questions
    • Methods of obtaining & appraising evidence
  • Clinical education
    • Patient education
    • Legal, ethical, & professional requirements
  • Clinical decision making
    • Patient evaluation, intervention, & outcomes
    • Patient care & physical, psychosocial, financial, environmental factors
    • Case studies
  • Diagnostics
    • Pharmacology
    • Medical imaging
    • Electroneuromyography
  • Licensure process & preparation for licensure exam
  • Patient care skills & documentation
    • Communication skills
    • Health promotion & wellness
    • Infection control
    • Patient rights
  • Pathology
    • Tissue inflammation & repair
    • Infection
    • Degenerative processes
    • Aging process
    • Review case studies and relevant research
  • Functional Neuroanatomy
  • Research in physical therapy
    • Research & Statistical methodologies
    • Literature review critique
    • Developing research proposals
    • Analysis & assessment of clinical practice patterns
  • Examination techniques
  • Neuroscience - Pediatric, Adult, & Geriatrics
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Therapeutic tissue mobilization, light, heat, cold, ultrasound, hydrotherapy, compression, electrical currents, traction, & isokinetics
  • Patient care and spinal cord injuries and complicating factors such as age, malnutrition, pain, infection, vascular compromise, obesity, diabetes, HIV, & allergies
  • Management issues
    • Basic management theories
    • Principles & practice of health care delivery system
    • Reimbursement resources & issues
    • Internal & external forces impacting health care delivery
  • Musculoskeletal – Spine, lower & upper extremities
  • Teaching in the Health Professions - teaching & graduate instructional assistants

Subject Areas

Call number Description Collecting Level *
GV482.7 Exercise for people with disabilities

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

GV709.3-.4 Recreation, leisure and sports for people with disabilities

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

KF2914-KF2915 Occupational Law, Professional Ethics

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

LB3458 School health services, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

QM1-695 Human anatomy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

R727.4 Patient education

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

R727.42 Patient participation

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

R727.43 Patient compliance

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

R727.45 Patient advocacy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

R727.5 Medical personnel and the public

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RA975.5.P38 Patient education in medical centers

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RA975.5.P6 Physical therapy services

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RC180.5.P5 Special therapeutic methods and apparatus

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RC271.P44 Therapeutics, special therapies

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RC350.P48 Neurology, Diseases of nervous system, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RC376.5 Gait disorders

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RC482 Therapeutics, psychotherapy, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RC684.P57 Diseases of the heart, therapeutics, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RC735.P58 Diseases of the respiratory system, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RD97 Sports physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RC925-935 Diseases of the musculoskeletal system

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RC953.5-.8 Geriatrics, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RD52.P59 Surgical post-operative care, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RD736.P47 Orthopedic surgery, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RD792-811 Orthopedic surgery, physical rehabilitation

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RD97 Sports physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RG129.P45 Gynecology and obstetrics, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RF260 Vestibular system, exercise treatment

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RJ53.P5 Pediatrics, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

RM695-950 Physical medicine, physical therapy

Level 2 – Instructional

Level 3 – Research

* 0 Out of Scope Library does not intentionally collect materials, in any format.
  1 Occasional or general interest Popular or topical reading material may be collected.
  2 Instructional Library related material required for all course offerings at Texas State University is actively pursued.
  3 Research Material unique to the requirements of academic research is actively pursued.
  4 Exhaustive Material for a doctoral program or a research collection unique to Texas State University is collected to the fullest degree possible.

Resources for Selecting

Physical Therapy School Library Catalogs in Texas

From http://www.studentorgs.txstate.edu/ppto/styled/links.html, for comparison purposes:

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